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End Of An Era – The merchant fleets, passenger liners, diminished after the 1950s and 1960s.

End Of An Era – The merchant fleets – passenger liners – diminished after the 1950s and 1960s. Passenger ships, flying European and American flags, such as the United States, France, QE 2, Rotterdam, Lurline, would soon be under foreign flags and served by foreign nationals.  Stewards were no longer young Brits or Italians or French – but from Indonesia ... Read More »

Sailing trans-Atlantic on the French Line – 1920s – Great video from youTUBE…

Cruise History – Sailing trans-Atlantic on the French Line – 1920s – Great video from youTUBE… Compagnie Générale Transatlantique (French Line) was founded in 1861. The company began sailing in 1862 from Havre to Mexico and in 1864 they added a services from Havre to New York. They also sailed to Canada via Plymouth, plied the Mediterranean and they had ... Read More »

N.S. SAVANNAH – America’s first and only luxury passenger nuclear powered ship.

Cruise History: N.S. SAVANNAH – America’s first and only nuclear powered merchant ship failed in many ways but may have been a solution to present self-sufficiency problems. The N.S. Savannah was the world’s first nuclear-powered cargo/passenger ship, built by the New York Shipbuilding Corporation at Camden, New Jersey. Read More »

“Oh Susanna” on American President Lines – The first “Love Boat” TV series.

CRUISE LINE HISTORY – “Oh Susanna” – The first “Love Boat” TV series.  Gail Storm starred in a very successful 1950s TV series that featured American President Lines.  It was the preview to the 1970s-1980s TV series, LOVE BOAT, that changed the cruise industry.   Read about APL and going Around The World aboard American President Lines – first class – ... Read More »

The First Class menus for the last meal on the RMS Titanic.

RMS Titanic’s last meal for first class passengers is featured below to to celebrate a milestone in Cruise History commemorating the sinking of the White Star Liner on April 15, 1912.  Cruising the past features the first class menu served to the doomed passengers before the ship struck an ice berg and sunk. With over nine courses, passengers were served ... Read More »

Le Cirque’s famous owner Sirio Maccioni started as a waiter “crossing the pond” aboard the Home Lines SS ATLANTIC.

Cruise History – New York – Le Cirque’s famous owner Sirio Maccioni started as a waiter “crossing the pond” aboard the Home Lines SS ATLANTIC.  After achieving success, he sailed trans-Atlantic years later as a first class passenger aboard the Italian Line’s SS GIULIO CESARE.   In June 2004 Maccioni published his biography, Sirio: The Story of My Life and Le ... Read More »

Seeking the last of the Pullman Porters.

New York Central’s all-Pullman 20th Century Limited departs Chicago for its nightly run to New York in the 1950s. The deluxe train carried a staff of Pullman Porters, Pullman Conductors, waiters, maids, chefs, cooks, train conductors, brakemen, stewards, along with a train secretary, CRUISING THE PAST: AMTRAK IS SEEKING THE LAST OF THE PULLMAN PORTERS TO HONOR ON NATIONAL TRAIN ... Read More »

SS AMERICA – United States Lines famed liner sailed in 1940 on maiden voyage.

SS AMERICA – Sailing from New York on her maiden voyage. The SS America was an ocean liner built in 1940 for the United States Lines. She carried many names in the 54 years between her construction and her 1994 wrecking, as she served as the SS America (carrying this name three different times during her career), the USS West ... Read More »

Norwegian Cruise Line’s new Norwegian Epic to accommodate “epic size” Americans and feature cuisine by Applebee’s.

April 1, 2009 – Norwegian Cruise Line today unveiled the first images of its new 153,000-gross ton, 4,200-passenger Norwegian Epic, the company’s largest and most innovative Freestyle Cruising ship to date. The ship will feature the most recognizable names in eating and travel. This is being done to make the average American passenger enjoy the new ship, feel at home ... Read More »